It’s been a big year for food news on Fine Dining Lovers and to bring everything to a close with nice conclusions, we’ve decided to look back at some of the biggest stories from the year on Fine Dining Lovers.
S.Pellegrino Young Chef
2015 saw the launch of S.Pellegrino Young Chef - the first ever global scouting process in search of the best young chef in the world. It was a huge process that involved thousands of chefs and it culminated in the Grand Final ceremony in Milan. It was here that the Irish chef Mark Moriarty claimed the title.
We took a special trip to San Sebastian this year where some of the world’s best chefs teamed up with Oceana and pledged to start cooking smaller fish. The experience highlighting lots of the issues facing our oceans and just how the culinary industry can impact on this by making smarter choices on what is cooked.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
We saw the Roca’s reclaim the top spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2015, Gaggan Anand claim the title as the best in Asia and Virgilio Martinez cement his position for a second year at the top of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
One of the biggest topics of debate on our social pages was the story about Flynn McGarry opening his own restaurant at the young age of just 16-years-old. Chefs weighed in, McGarry answered back in big interviews and the restaurant was a success.
Chefs Fight Back
We had lots of stories of chefs fighting back this year with some very funny example of kitchens biting customers and taking a stand against online reviewers. There was one who called them out on Instagram, one who decided to post videos and another who threatened to post CCTV of customers who ate all their food and then posted bad reviews.
One big app stood strong this year and that was PlantNet - a clever piece of software that lets people have plants identified by simply sending a picture and waiting for an analysis.
We spoke with thousands of chefs this year as we travelled the world in search of some of the biggest food stories and developments in the fine dining industry. There was a great interview with Grant Achatz as Alinea hit its 10th anniversary, an interview with Alain Ducasse and Gaggan Anand revealed that he would one day close his restaurant.
Happy New Year!